Fire of Love

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Fire of Love
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Studio album by The Gun Club
Released August 31, 1981
Studio Studio America, Pasadena, California; Quad Teck, Los Angeles, California
Genre Punk blues
Length 40:03
Label Ruby
Producer Chris D., Tito Larriva
The Gun Club chronology
Fire of Love

Fire of Love is the debut album of the American punk band the Gun Club, released in 1981 on Ruby Records.[1]


The Flesh Eaters' singer Chris D. produced five tracks on the album ("Sex Beat", "Preaching the Blues", "Fire Spirit", "Ghost on the Highway" and "Jack on Fire") at Quad Teck with Pat Burnette engineering. Tito Larriva produced the album's other six tracks at Studio America with Noah Shark engineering. Chris D. was also credited with the cover design for the original release. Judith Bell was responsible for the bottle label illustrations on the rear of the cover.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[3]
PopMatters 8/10[4]
Spin Alternative Record Guide 8/10[5]
Uncut 4/5 stars[6]
The Village Voice B[7]

The album is considered groundbreaking in being the first of its kind to combine the hard, stripped-down sound of punk rock with American roots music.[8] In turn, this innovation helped to create the punk blues style as well as inspiring countless garage rock musicians. Several musicians have cited Fire of Love as an influence.

The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[9]

In media[edit]

In 2006, "Sex Beat" appeared on the soundtrack to the video game Scarface: The World Is Yours.

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Jeffrey Lee Pierce; except where indicated

Side A
  1. "Sex Beat" - 2:45
  2. "Preaching the Blues" (Robert Johnson; arranged by Jeffrey Lee Pierce) - 3:58
  3. "Promise Me" - 2:35
  4. "She's Like Heroin to Me" - 2:33
  5. "For the Love of Ivy" (Jeffrey Lee Pierce, Kid Congo Powers) - 5:31
  6. "Fire Spirit" - 2:52
Side B
  1. "Ghost on the Highway" - 2:43
  2. "Jack on Fire" - 4:40
  3. "Black Train" - 2:11
  4. "Cool Drink of Water" (Tommy Johnson; traditional, arranged by Jeffrey Lee Pierce) - 6:10
  5. "Goodbye Johnny" - 3:41


The Gun Club
  • Jeffrey Lee Pierce - vocals, slide guitar, backing vocals on "Jack on Fire"
  • Ward Dotson - guitar, slide guitar, backing vocals on "Jack on Fire"
  • Rob Ritter - bass
  • Terry Graham - drums
Additional musicians
  • Tito Larriva - producer, violin on "Promise Me"
  • Chris D. - producer, backing vocals on "Jack on Fire"
  • Lois Graham - backing vocals on "Jack on Fire"
  • Pat Burnette, Noah Shark - engineers
  • Chris D. - cover design
  • Judith Bell - bottle label drawings



  1. ^ Green, Jim; Sprague, David (2007). "Gun Club". Trouser Press. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Fire of Love – The Gun Club". AllMusic. Retrieved March 30, 2018. 
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  4. ^ Murphy, John L. (August 26, 2014). "The Gun Club: Fire of Love". PopMatters. Retrieved August 26, 2014. 
  5. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8. 
  6. ^ "The Gun Club: Fire of Love". Uncut: 122. A dark and dangerous stew of roughly hammered blues, gothic country, souped-up rockabilly and jazzy punk. 
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (July 6, 1982). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ Note: – 1981.
  9. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (7 February 2006). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 0-7893-1371-5. 

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